Summary: Jesus offers us a warning about wolves and I’m glad He did because we often don’t get warnings.

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Wolves walking around.

Matthew 7:15 -- 23. 02/01/04

Ann and I stopped at Dewey’s house the day of his mother’s funeral. Blackjack, the Doberman pincher was laying in the yard. I pointed to old blackjack and Ann said I’m not getting out. Now I know old blackjack and I know he would not harm a flea. As a matter-of-fact he likes to have company.

Now when she saw the dog she became sensitized. She began to wonder about the potential danger.

Now what would you do if you went to a church and their a sign at the door reads, beware wolves in the house? You would really be careful wouldn’t you, because wolves are some of the fierce animals on earth? They are animals the shepherds dreaded even more than the lion or bear. Once a wolf gets a taste of blood, he gets into a feeding frenzy. He kills more than he can eat. He just kills to be killing.

Now Jesus told his followers, boys there are some wolves around but they have put on the disguise of sheep in order to fool people. These are dangerous animals and Jesus offers us a warning about them. I’m glad he did, because we often don’t get warnings about danger.

Let’s read the texts, Matthew 7:15 -- 23.

If there was ever a generation that needs to be warned about false prophets, it is ours. It seems like every month we read or hear and about some person who says he has discovered a new truth. He ends up taking a crowd with him and it doesn’t make any difference how far fetched it may sound. It’s been a few years ago now but Mr. Appleby and his brainwashed group was going to catch Hale-Bop comet. I tell you what they caught; if they have not been saved they are experiencing what a devil’s hell is like.

Now the devil doesn’t oppose religion. He is opposed to the Bible and Christianity and he comes against churches that are doing any work for God. He comes against any individual who is working for the Lord to win souls. And so far his tactics are working real fine. He taps person here and a person there on the shoulder and gives them some advice. They follow his advice and go against what God impresses on another to do. Now you know what happens? The devil gets happy because the one he works against gets all out of sort, mad, angry and often times quit. You listen to this preacher. If you are the blunt of an attack of Satan you ought to raise your hand to God, give him a little wave and say hallelujah to God. But too many just quit. Now the devil is glad, he has won another victory. What happened is you get mad at the person rather than the source.

Listen; don’t ever mistake the person for the moment. What happens is you get mad with the wrong person. Vent your anger toward Satan and keep on keeping on. You know I am right and it is because I have experienced it so often.

Now the Bible teaches us that the best way to tell the genuine from the false is to get real familiar with the genuine. And when we do we can spot the false.

In our study Jesus gives us some things to look for. One of the first things we are to do is look at THE FLEECE THEY WEAR. Jesus said they would be wearing sheep clothing. They will look just like the rest of the flock, but that will be their disguise. And when you pull back the disguise, you will see the wolf underneath.

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